‘St. Louis Hawks Extras’ Archives
Bob Pettit hits the lane over New York's Phil Jordan (who later would become a teammate) for two of his 21 points in the Hawks 128-111 win over the Knicks in this early Febuary 1961 NBA game at the Garden. What a hotbed for basketball in the 50's and 60's!! Madison Square Garden hosted NBA doubleheaders about eight times per season....the National [...]
Bill Russell of the Celtics blocks a shot by the Hawk's Shellie McMillon in the second quarter of this January 2nd, 1962 contest at New York's Madison Square Garden....the Celtics went on to rout the Hawks 136-99......Russell finished with 19 points...McMillion hit for 10...Bob Pettit led all scorers with 36...
As the 1964-65 NBA season approached, Dell Sports magazine previewed the Hawks and raised question as to the staying power of Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan, and Ritchie Guerin, all of whom were over the age of 30. Not to worry, as the Hawks finished second in the Western Division with a respectable record of 45-35, but were upset in the first round of [...]
Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain went head to head 142 times during their 10 year rivalry...and while Wilt usually won the points and rebound totals, Big Bill came out ahead in games 85 to 57...Wilt, however, tasted victory in this contest played in December of 1960 at the Philadelphia Convention Hall........116-101.
Like the quote from 'The Natural'...."There goes the best that ever was"
The Garden was host to the N-I-T Tournament, which habitually saw the St. Louis University Billikens in first, second and sometimes even Finals action...like in 1961. The Bills that post-season got by Miami, Colorado State and Dayton, but fell short in the N-I-T Championship game against Providence. Here Friar's guard Vinnie Ernst, all 5' 8" of [...]
The most fabled arena palace in basketball history...and it's heyday was the 40's...50's...and 60's....The Knicks and Hawks fought many a battle at 8th Avenue and 49th Street in lower Manhattan. When Sinatra sang in 'New York, New York'..."If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere"....he must have had The Garden in mind!! Here's an [...]
His nickname was 'The Horse' for his work under the boards as a former player with the New York Knicks, but as the Hawk's coach from 1962 to 1965 Harry Gallatin was usually hoarse from yelling at officials from the bench. Gallatin was a sort of 'local boy makes good' with Ben Kerner's team. A Roxana, Illinois native, he was hired away from [...]
More action at Madison Square Garden as Johnny 'Red' Kerr drops it off to Hal Greer, who drives across the lane for two points in this 1962 game against the New York Knicks...
Lennie Wilkins checks Bob Pettit heading into the key with John Barnhill rounding the bend in this action at Madison Square Garden in December of 1962...